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This Acme is the peak of perfection.. I'm blown away by the all bad reviews for this restaurant, as it was the finest dining experience I've had in quite a long time. The service, the food and the drink selection was outstanding. I'll be going back to try every dish on the menu.
all the way around a bad dining experience. I only wish I'd know about this outlet a month or 2 ago! Table for 12, with a reservation, and why oh why did we get the new guy? Service: horrendous; Dishes: several were messed up; Wine; very slow in getting our order to begin; And the Bill? A nightmare; I even tried to communicate these problems via the postcard that asks for feedback, with no attempt on their part to reach me and make good on this nightmare. I won't be going back, sorry. Train your servers on smaller tables or better yet, send them elsewhere for training!
Service is really inconsistent, as is the food..
I love to go out to brunch on Sundays. I particularly love to Acme because it is just short walk away and very reasonably priced. However, last weekend I had a pretty terrible experience that is going to keep from going back there for a while.
First of all, my friend and I were sat at a table that should not have existed. It was too close to other tables and almost impossible for our server to get there. The service was pretty much terrible. Although our waitress was apologetic, she was very slow and forgot basic items, such as the mixed greens with the Acme breakfast. Our food was cold and fairly lousy. That was the real disappointment. Regardless of how slow and terrible the service is, I always feel that the food is good. Yet, the food has become inconsistent.
I always feel that waitstaff is not prepared on Sunday for how busy and hectic it gets. Yet, they have had a busy brunch for over 2 years and the service keeps getting worse. My advice, if you go to Acme prepare to wait forever for simple food such as eggs and for inattentive service. Very inconsistent.
Terrible Service. This used to be my favorite place to have brunch. However, the last two times that I have eaten at ACME I have had terrible service. Today, after an hour of watching other customers come in after us and finish their meals, we decided we should talk to the manager. The manager, without checking to see if there had been a problem with our order, told us that it was brunch and that we were going to have to wait. Her demeanor was not rude, but was entirely unsympathetic and showed a surprising unwillingness to help. I guess when you?re that busy you can afford to lose some customers. Well you've lost this one.
ACME is supposed to mean the ultimate, more like "delusions of grandeur".
ACME looks and is priced rather fancy, but nothing actually tastes that good.
My girlfriend and I stopped in there for an evening snack.
The service was pretty good, it was a very crowded Friday night, unfortunately the food was not.. It looked like they spent a lot of time arranging things on the plate to look interesting but the flavors were awful. We ordered fried green tomatoes which tasted like nothing but grease. We decided to order dessert anyway and ordered the chocolate terrine. There was so much sugar I literally could not taste the chocolate at all. No subtlety at all in the food.
We noticed that the waiters seemed to be scooping up the plates almost before they were done, and no one asked us how it was. Probably because they knew...
The Best Restaurant. I'm absolutely shocked at some of the reviews below, and personally, I think the negative posts were deliberate attempts to sabotage ACME. The reason I believe this is because I've been around this area forever, and ACME is THE best restaurant for the price. Magnolia's in Durham is truly exceptional and deserves its just due, but this is the only real competition ACME has in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham. Trust me... If you're looking for something special ACME is the place. A bit of a secret (maybe I know why now because of these reviews)... It's never too crowded or loud. It has the best atmosphere, and my service has always been great. They know food and some of their dishes are so good it's surprising to find them in a small restaurant in Carrboro, NC. If you buy what you read below, you will truly miss out on the best secret in the triangle.
Horrible Customer Service. We went for Sunday brunch and were astonished by the poor service. We waited 10 minutes for anyone to come to the table, another 10 minutes for our drinks, and then an hour for our food! The table sitting next us, also a party of three, put their order in a half hour after us and recived their food before us. Our server was completely unapologetic and never offered an explanation for the delay. We asked to speak to the manager and he was also completely rude and pretty much said "sorry but too bad." I've worked in several restaurants and was completely shocked by his lack of customer service. We told him we will not be returning.
Bistro sensibility infuses chic, classic cuisine at this cosmopolitan restaurant..
The walls are deep-red, the tables black. There's an open feel to the room, but it's not a warehouse. Service is prompt and friendly, and the wine list seems ever-expanding. The verdict? There's an uptown restaurant in downtown Carrboro--and it's consistently good. Acme treads the fine line of eclectic food that has universal appeal. When it's done right, it's dazzling as well as comforting.
The emperor's new slop joint.
I've been to Acme three times in my life, which by my count is three times too many. The experience managed to underwhelm me every time -- quite a feat, considering my expectations kept falling over time.
The service was adequate... scratch that; my wife once asked for her pasta to be served without olives and was told "We can't do that." Does that mean these $20 entrees aren't even made from scratch? In addition, the food arrived lukewarm to cold each time, suggesting the waitstaff isn't all that light on their feet. The food itself is hella bland; you're getting Fazoli quality at Lidia pricing. Did I mention that one diner ordered a meat dish that had to be sent back for re-heating twice, and still had to eat it cold? Maybe they're behind on their gas bill. Go anywhere else.
excellent food at reasonable prices.
We have dined here on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed in the quality of food and the service rendered. The specialty nights have also been excellent. The weekends can be busy but what resturant isnt?
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